A civil funeral ceremony focusses entirely on the person who has died. It may be a celebration or reflection of their life and the style and tone is appropriate to them whilst being sensitive to the circumstances of their death.
Their values, beliefs and wishes, and those of their family, are all taken into account to create a ceremony that is personal and memorable.
The ceremony may include music, readings, poetry and symbolic gestures such as candles and photographs. Religious or spiritual elements such as prayers and hymns can be included should you wish. Or the ceremony can be entirely non-religious.
A civil funeral is often held at a crematorium or burial ground. But can be held anywhere you wish with purely the final goodbye being held at either of those locations. In this way more time can be used for the ceremony itself.